In the Pipeline: Maplewood Expanding Inspir Brand to D.C.; Active Adult Project Planned in Florida

In the Pipeline is brought to you by the Senior Housing News Architecture & Design Awards, an annual competition that recognizes cutting-edge design, excellence, and innovation in senior living. Submissions are currently open.

Construction: Planned

Maplewood to Expand Inspir Brand to Washington, D.C.

Maplewood Senior Living and Omega Healthcare Investors (NYSE: OHI) are bringing the luxury-focused Inspir brand to the Washington, D.C. market.

The two companies announced the acquisition of The Fairfax Embassy Row, a hotel in the city’s Dupont Circle neighborhood, with plans to turn it into a community dubbed Inspir Embassy Row. The eight-story community is slated to have 174 private apartments for assisted living and memory care residents along with upscale amenities and services.


This is Maplewood’s second Inspir community. Its first community under the brand, Inspir Carnegie Hall in New York City, first began accepting resident move-ins in March. The total cost of that development landed at around $315 million.

Maplewood CEO Gregory Smith has previously hinted at plans to open more Inspir communities throughout the U.S. and perhaps beyond.

“This is not a one-trick pony. This is about creating a global, international brand,” Smith told Senior Housing News during a Changemakers interview in 2019.


Active Adult Rental Community Planned in Florida

Developer America Walks and construction company Origin Construction have partnered on a new senior living community in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

The gated active adult rental community, also called America Walks, is planned to have more than 400 units housed in two four-story apartment buildings and 60 buildings containing four to six villas apiece.

Amenities for residents include a two-story clubhouse with a restaurant, exercise facilities, sports bar, and salon along with outdoor amenities such as a pool, spas, pickleball court, bocce, fire pits and outdoor dining.

The project’s partners anticipate the community will be completed in the third quarter of 2023.

America Walks / Origin Construction

Construction: In progress

Groundbreaking Set for ‘Agrihood’ Community in Silicon Valley

Core Companies is set to hold a Sept. 15 groundbreaking ceremony for Agrihood, an affordable community with senior housing units in Santa Clara, California.

The project is planned to have 361 homes, with 181 affordable units set aside for seniors and senior veterans. The plans also call for 1.5 acres of farmland at the community operated by an agricultural partner.

Sunrise Community Construction Underway in Florida

Workers with Current Builders have broken ground on a new Sunrise Senior Living community in Coral Gables, Florida.

The $32.5 million assisted living community, Sunrise Coral Gables, is set to have 94 units.

Behar Font & Partners designed the community. If all goes according to plan, it will open in late 2022.

Senior Lifestyle Community in Maryland Installs Glass Sculpture in $13M Renovation

Atrium Village, a Senior Lifestyle community in Owings Mills, has installed a glass sculpture as part of its ongoing $13 million renovation project.

The sculpture comprises 10 glass wall plates and comes from Baltimore artist Tim McFadden, who created the art using glassblowing techniques.

The artwork is part of the community’s ongoing renovation project, which includes updating the community’s interior corridors, lobby, and common areas and adding new upscale amenities including a lounge, art studio, game room and card room.

Christopher Prosser

Construction: Complete

Senior Lifestyle, Bonaventure Open Virginia Community

In addition to the news in Maryland, Senior Lifestyle also announced the opening of Acclaim at East Beach, a new senior living community undertaken in a joint venture with developer Bonaventure in Norfolk, Virginia.

The 132-unit apartment community, which recently welcomed its first residents, will officially debut in a grand opening ceremony set for Sept. 14. Amenities include multiple dining venues, salon, fitness center, heated indoor pool, library, business center, dog washing station, game room and outdoor promenade.

Bonavenutre and Senior Lifestyle expect to start construction soon on a second development phase that will include assisted living and memory care units.

California Life Plan Community Expands Memory Care

Town & Country, a life plan community in Santa Ana, California, has opened a new memory care facility.

The new facility has 48 private and semi-private studio apartments divided into four neighborhoods, with each geared toward specific cognitive needs. Each neighborhood includes a living room, great room and therapeutic kitchen. Amenities include a centrally located 3,000 square foot garden, a sun deck terrace, bistro, quiet rooms, salon, activity rooms, lounges and a media room.

Another new addition to the community is a nearly 25,000 square-foot subterranean parking garage with 52 spots for residents and visitors.

C.W. Driver Companies worked as the project’s builder, while Hochhauser & Blatter Architecture & Planning worked as architect.

Carlos Valle

Lifespace CCRC in Minnesota Gets Facelift

Lifespace Communities is celebrating the completion of a “major facelift” at its Friendship Village of Bloomington continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Bloomington, Minnesota.

The expansion project added 90 independent living apartments with access to multiple courtyards and outdoor spaces, and workers also updated apartments with more modern features. The project also increased the number of available apartments to 42 in assisted living and 32 in memory care.

Friendship Village of Bloomington is currently in the second year of its three-year expansion project, with a final construction phase that will renovate the community’s skilled nursing facility slated for completion in June 2022.

TWG Opens New Affordable Senior Housing Community in Indiana

Real estate developer TWG has opened an $11 million affordable senior housing development with some units reserved for visually impaired seniors in Indianapolis.

The community has 63 two-bedroom units, with one-fifth of those designed and reserved for seniors living with limited vision. The community includes oversized elevator buttons, tactile markings and dedicated ride sharing pickup spots, a park area and a washing station for service animals.

The community also houses the VIPS Simon and Estelle Knoble Family Resource Center, which offers services such as early intervention, orientation and mobility, preschool transition assistance, advocacy training and parent events for visually impaired people and their families.

Other noteworthy projects include:


— Nonprofit senior housing operator Goodwin House has aspirations to open a four-story, 200-unit community in Loudoun County, Virginia.

— Developer CHA Partners is planning a skilled nursing and assisted living community in East Hanover, New Jersey.

— A nonprofit health system in Helena, Montana, has announced plans for a new senior living community.

In progress

Work is underway for a new 150-unit senior housing project in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

— Workers are putting the finishing touches on a new Ryan Cos. senior housing project to be operated by Life Care Services in St. Louis.

Companies featured in this article:

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,